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Days after another mass shooting, the Republican-controlled House has agreed to increase money for Instant Criminal Background Check System. NPR's Lester Darter reports nearly 80% Republicans joined Democrats in the vote.
Propose a gun control, or even increase background check for gun buyers has faced a long gauze in the Republican House recent years. But the shooting spree near Santa Barbara over the weekend burned the Democrats to try again. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
"As more details emerge about the Santa Barbara shooter, as clear that we must keep guns away from those risking guns opposite themselves are hurting others."
This time, Democrats have the support of the chairman of the committee of law disbanding bill, Virginian Republican Frank Wolf, to add 20 million dollars to the background check system. It passed the House by nearly 2-1 margin. Lester Darter, NPR News, the Capitol.
According to the White House, president Obama is waiting results of a full investigation by the department of veterans affairs before deciding who should be held accountable for major delays in treatments founded in some VA facilities. Much may by White House press secretary Jay Carney made lightening calls for VA secretary Eric Shenseki to step down. Carney would not say whether the White House still has full confidence in Shenseki and there's a report issued this week by the agency internal watchdog group as some problems in the system nationwide.
House officers say they're fighting to contain measles outbreak in the US. As NPR's Richard Harris explains, nearly 300 cases have been reported this year alone.
People from Amish community in Ohio travelled to the Philippine to do service projects, and they come back with highly contagious measles. That caused the biggest outbreak in the United States with more than 130 sick. Most were individuals who have never been vaccinated against the disease. The Ohio Department of Health says more than 8,000 in Amish community have lined up for vaccine to help stem the spread of this virus. And the federal officials are urging everyone travelling oversea to make sure they've been vaccinated against measles. They're 20 million cases of this disease annually worldwide. Every year, travelers bring in the virus trigger small outbreak in the US. The outbreaks in this year are the biggest in about 20 years. Richard Harris, NPR News.
Images of more people were signing on the dotted line to buy a home last month, the housing market still appears to be have some rough spring. According to national association of realtors, the industry's main trade group, its seasonally adjusted house sell index was up 0.4% in the April though it naturally remain 9.2% below where was the same period last year. Analysts explain high mortgage interests rate and rising prices due to a smaller supply of homes on the market. Sign contracts in April rose in northeast and middle west, but fell in the west and south.
On Wall Street today, the S&P 500 scored its third record closing high in four sessions, up 10 points and at the session of 1,920; the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 65 points, closing at 16, 698; the NASDAQ was up 22 points.
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Discount carrier Southwest disagreed to pay 300,000 dollars to settle charges essentially advertise affair on television was too good to be true. Government says as promises of flight between Atlanta and New York and Chicago and Los Angeles were just 59 dollars would deceptive and violate the rule on airline advertising. Transportation Department says Southwest didn't actually make any seats available at that price. Southwest lent a flawed review of the of ad copy and instantly pulled that off once it realized it make an error.
Elections are over in Egypt and on unofficial results show ex-military chief Abdel Sisi has won by at least 93% of the votes. NPR's Leila Fadel reports that international observers say the election was unfair.
Democracy International, a US-based group that observed the Egypt's presidential election issued a skating statement, calling on the government to undo pressure and support a more inclusive process. Eric Bjornlund, the president of Democracy International tell the reports.
"The political environment that exists in Egypt this time suppressed the dissents and lacked of respect for basic freedoms absolutely compromise the political environment and made generally democratic, presidential election impossible."
The group also questioned the independent of the presidential election commission overseeing the vote. Leila Fadel, NPR News, Cairo.
According to an environment review of proposal by a private contractor set up a rocket launch site on the coast in southern Texas, such facilities would not likely jeopardize protected animals species. Federal Aviation Administration released its environment impact assessment in response to proposal by Space X, launching as many as 12 rockets a year from the site.
I'm Jack Speer, NPR News in Washington.